TORONTO -- This is the parallel universe in which Jake Peavy finds himself.
Tuesday night in St. Louis, Tampa Bay’s 39-year-old catcher Jose Molina, who could have a 20-yard head start on Toronto mayor Rob Ford and still lose a 50-yard race to the Chris Farley-lookalike, stole his third base of the season.
Meanwhile in Ontario, Peavy, a former Cy Young Award winner whose best days admittedly are behind him, made his 20th start of the season for the Red Sox, and at the end of the night still has just one win to his name.
Where is the logic? Where is the humanity?
Certainly not in the Rogers Centre, as it is now 88 days since Peavy last tucked a “W” inside his cowboy boot, the Sox falling, 7-3, to the Blue Jays, ending their five-game winning streak. A night after posting season highs in runs (14), hits (18) and home runs (4), the Sox were held scoreless until David Ortiz hit his 23rd home run of the season with one out in the eighth. Stephen Drew hit his fourth homer, and second in two nights, with a man aboard in the ninth.
Peavy, meanwhile, was saddled with his ninth straight loss (six no-decisions) since recording his lone win here on April 25. Peavy, who came into the game with the lowest run support among all AL pitching qualifiers (2.91), kept the Sox within a run until cracking in the sixth, when he gave up a leadoff home run to Jose Reyes after a seven-pitch at-bat and a two-run home run to Dioner Navarro, who didn’t miss when a Peavy fastball tailed right into his swing path.
A fifth run was charged to Peavy when Melky Cabrera hit a cue shot that caromed off the foot of reliever Burke Badenhop to third baseman Xander Bogaerts, who hesitated long enough to ensure everybody was safe. For good measure, the Jays tacked on two more against accidental reliever Felix Doubront, who didn’t endear himself to anyone when his inattention allowed Colby Rasmus to steal second unchallenged.
Peavy’s only positive takeaway of the night? He didn’t get a call from the ranch hands in Alabama telling him someone had made off with his duck boat. He’s had just about everything else taken away from him this season.
Peavy luck? Shane Victorino lined three hits Tuesday night. The one time the Jays got him out came in the sixth, when the score was still, 1-0, Jays, and Mike Napoli and Jonny Gomes had opened the inning with singles off Jays starter J.A. Happ. Victorino rolled into a double play.
The Sox loaded the bases in the fourth, and Drew flied out to left. Ortiz came to the plate with two on and two out in the fifth and flied out.
Peavy is now 1-9. The Cardinals remain interested, according to a big-league source, but nothing is imminent. He has one more start scheduled before the July 31 trading deadline.